Feeling a bit peckish
I'm sure that Csilla will love the fact that you've given her room a clean so it looks spick and span for when she comes home. I totally agree with you about cleanliness becoming more important as you get older. Keeping things clean and tidy is important to me now, but I was a complete and utter slob when I was young. My mum used to get really wound up about the state of my room. She would also get irritated if I wanted to use anything after she had just cleaned it, which didn’t make any sense to me. "Don’t use the bathroom, I’ve just cleaned it!" she would say. Of course, I would reply, "but mum…I'm bursting!" And then, with a resigned sigh, she would say "Oh, go on then…but don't make a mess!"
I would say that most Japanese people live to eat. I've never been to a country which is more obsessed with food. Japanese TV seems to be mainly made up of programmes about food and cooking. I even know Japanese friends who have travelled by train for six hours just to eat a bowl of noodles.
I have to say that the Japanese diet is very good and incredibly healthy. Traditionally, they eat fish, rice, soup and pickles for breakfast. However, many Japanese people I know prefer a slice of toast and a coffee. They often have a bento for lunch, which is a packed lunchbox filled with a variety of vegetable, fish or meat dishes with rice. Many office workers eat out for lunch as many restaurants have special lunch deals. On Tuesdays, I usually go to a restaurant near my office called ‘Gimpei’ which serves the best fish I've ever had. I don't think that there is a typical dinner in Japan. People eat so many different things, such as sushi, noodles, vegetables, and of course, rice.
British food, on the other hand, has something of a bad reputation. I think many British people are not too bothered about food. We have an expression in English which many people say after they have eaten: "It filled a gap". This pretty much sums up some peoples attitude towards food, in that it is simply there to fill your stomach. However, these days many British people are as obsessed with eating tasty, healthy food as anyone else.
All this talk of food is making me feel peckish. I should go and rustle something up for my lunch…
Bye for now.
Some useful phrases from today's post:
(to) give something a (good) clean
(to be) spick and span
(to be) clean and tidy
(to be) a (complete and utter) slob
(to) get (really) wound up (about something)
(to) (not) make (any) sense
(to) make a mess
(to) have a good/bad reputation (for something)
(to be) bothered (about something)
"It filled a gap"
(to) feel (a bit) peckish
(to) rustle (something) up (for breakfast/lunch/dinner)
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